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JUN 2014

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To p Species 28 SeaFood Business June 2014 Visit us online at www.seafoodbusiness.com billion annually. Chicken of the Sea's Serbu says the shrimp industry has taken several steps to stop the spread of EMS, including a change in the supply of brood- stock and better management of ponds to optimize growing conditions. "Tis may include use of biofoc, feeds and stock- ing post larvae after they have been reared in nursery ponds or raceways," he says. Farms have also used early harvest programs to reduce the time the shrimp are in that envi- ronment, he notes. BJ's Williams says because some shrimp are being har- vested earlier there has been a shortage of larger sizes, so while prices have come down, the reductions are size-dependent. In early May, prices at the New Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point in the Bronx showed headless shell-on 16/20s in the $6.90 to $7.60 a pound range when sourced doesn't preclude another out- break of disease, however. "When you look at farmed product, the possibility of disease is always present," he says. "But what we've learned is we have to diversify who we buy from." Williams believes farmed seafood, like shrimp, is the future, especially as demand for seafood grows interna- tionally. "We can't ask the oceans to take on the burden [of increased production]. We can do more to control farmed seafood." Planning for the future Among the steps being taken by the industry in the aftermath of EMS is study- ing best practices and draw- ing some conclusions that can be used to manage the risks of disease in the future. Te St. Louis-based Glob- al Aquaculture Alliance is working on a case study that surveys farms in six countries in Asia and Latin America that have achieved positive results despite being located near farms afected by EMS. Te case study countries are China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Tailand, Mexico and India. Te plan is to have a report on the results available by October, says Steven Hed- lund, communications man- ager for GAA. "Hopefully, we've turned the corner on EMS," says Hedlund. "Tey are stock- ing ponds now in Asia and the coming crop of shrimp will be the test." Te GAA serves as a facilitator, bringing together members of the industry to study the disease and make recommendations based on survey results. "Disease is a problem be- cause the industry is so frag- mented," he says. "Disease risk management is becoming a big challenge within the in- dustry. You can be doing ev- erything right," Hedlund ex- plains, "but if your neighbor isn't, you'll have a problem." He says the industry is taking a more proactive ap- proach, acknowledging that issues such as EMS, which frst appeared in 2009 in China, have cost the shrimp industry more than $1 ÒWhen you look at farmed product, the possibility of disease is always present. But what weÕve learned is we have to diversify who we buy from.Ó — Scott Williams, associate VP of quality assurance and environmental stewardship, BJ's Wholesale Club 26-29 top species june sfb.indd 28 5/15/14 10:25 AM

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